More Students Gain Access to Parchment Through Newly Launched Affiliate Partner Program

Parchment is committed to empowering learners. Every learner. Every day.

To enable more learners, in more places to turn their credentials into opportunities, Parchment recently launched an Affiliate Partner Program. This program introduces Parchment to more students through the tools they are already using to navigate their college prep journey, such as college counseling, enrollment, CRM and readiness applications.

How do affiliates work?

By adding the Parchment “Order My Transcript” widget to their site, affiliate partners create new entry points for learners to order their academic credentials from Parchment’s network of high school members. Imagine, without having to leave the college counseling tool they’re working in, learners begin the college application process by initiating a high school credential request from inside the counseling site.  Students currently using tools like Graduation Alliance, Kuder, and Shmoop will have an early advantage as these organizations were first in line as Parchment affiliates.

Do high schools need to make any changes?

Never fear though high school counselors and administrators, while providing new access points for these college-bound learners, Parchment’s affiliate partners will be required to adhere to your school’s established policies and workflows. We promise – no need for you to change your current processes!

To learn more about Parchment’s Affiliate Partner program, click here.

Member-Centric Network Drives Innovation in Schools

Did you know that the Parchment Member Network, comprised of high school counselors and administrators as well as college admissions officers and registrars, are doing great things every day that could help simplify life for you and your office?

Parchment works in concert with its member schools to grow and evolve to be in the best position to empower every student to turn their credentials into opportunities.  Here are just a few ways Parchment is enabling more than 9,000 member schools to connect with each other to build deeper and stronger connections and to share best practices:

  • Coffee Talk– This webinar series invites college registrars to lead peer-to-peer conversations about best practices, experiences or challenges. Past event topics have included the role of social media in the registrar’s office, a registrar’s annual report and much more.

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  • Brown Bag Break – This recurring webinar series is developed for the high school counselors and administrators looking to borrow ideas from others. Upcoming topics include how to involve your PTA in eTranscripts and how a district in Texas successfully deployed Parchment across six high schools and 41,000 students.

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  • Parchment Collaborate Community – An online community, Parchment Collaborate brings together the network of Parchment users for community discussions plus online challenges that can earn exciting rewards. Whether soliciting feedback on visual transcripts or how to motivate your students, member institutions rely on this community to collaborate and innovate.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a previous Coffee Talk or Brown Bag Break, we have them on demand for you at any time. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and hit play, we will bring the information to a computer screen near you.

As you implement some of the best practices you’ve gathered from your peers, you’re probably wondering how you will measure success. Parchment has simplified that too! With a new Member Adoption Status Program for secondary schools, high school users will be able to check their individual member status report monthly to see how they’ve progressed using Parchment.  Are you a Silver level school today and want to achieve Platinum status before the end of the year? Simply contact your dedicated Parchment Account Executive today and they can help guide you.

Parchment is here to help you achieve Rock Star, err Platinum Level status. And that’s the simpler way we think you’ve been looking for.

Student College Choices Drive Parchment’s Fifth Annual College Rankings

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The Class of 2015 has offered advice to the Class of 2016 that includes: “College isn’t the goal, it’s a way of reaching your goal.” Wise words from the next generation of leaders.

As the Class of 2016 continues to rely on the Class of 2015 for information on college, look no further than the 2016 Parchment Student Choice College Rankings. More than 86,000 seniors from the Class of 2015 reported to Parchment that they had to choose among 154,000 admissions acceptances across 700 different universities! These choices, as reported to Parchment by college-bound students drive the results of Parchment’s annual college rankings.

But how does it work?

Imagine that your college choice was treated like a chess tournament. Schools would be ranked by the total number of matchups won against another school as well as the ranking of the school they faced in the matchup?  Example, you’ve been accepted to Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Arizona (U of A). Which school do you choose? If you choose ASU (more matchups all time), then ASU is awarded points and U of A loses points. The more points a school earns, the higher their ranking.

Where is the Class of 2015 going?

Parchment’s Student Choice College Rankings offer some interesting results. As you’d imagine, for the third consecutive year, Stanford University is the top student choice. (who’s going to turn Stanford down?) Student choices vary each year as a result of various environmental factors. This year’s rankings highlighted several Liberal Arts Colleges on the move. Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA moved up twenty spots from last year’s rankings to the No. 3 spot in 2016.  Other Liberal Arts Colleges on the move included Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, Pomona College also in Claremont, CA and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME ranked 11th, 12th and 13th respectively by students. Unique to the 2016 rankings, Harvard University dropped 39 spots, from the No. 2 position last year to 41 this year.

What should the Class of 2016 do?

Parchment’s college rankings are pulled directly from the students using the college admissions tools on Parchment.com. Parchment’s college admissions tools are a free, online resource to help students and parents research colleges, discover their chances of admissions and see how they stack up with their peers. Check them out today!

Get Your High School Students College-Ready During Parchment’s National Student Registration Week

High school counselors and administrators know how exciting, and busy, the senior year is for students. So many forms to fill out and applications to complete. In our ongoing efforts to empower #EveryStudent, Parchment is introducing the First Annual Parchment National Student Registration Week.

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Scheduled for October 19 – 23, National Student Registration Week is a movement to help students begin preparing for their future in higher education. When applying to college, applying for an internship or interviewing for a job, sharing their high school transcript will be key for their success. Parchment encourages high schools to take this week to focus on getting your senior class (junior class too, if you can) registered on Parchment. Getting students registered today will save you, and your students, time later this year when deadlines are approaching and they need to place their first order. Avoid crunch time!

Why have students register early?

  • Get ahead of application deadlines
  • Allow students time to collect parent consent necessary for ordering
  • Encourage students to research college and build their college lists so they can share with you
  • More student accounts created results in better matching and smoother order processing
  • Additional Parchment resources including “I registered” stickers for students

Why students will want to register early:

  • Less stress!
  • Research colleges and build your college lists to review with your counselor
  • Explore your admissions chances at the schools you add to your list
  • Impress your parents and demonstrate that you’re proactive in your college preparation
  • Review Parchment’s Annual Student Choice College Rankings to see where other Parchment users are going to school

Does this sound right up your alley and you’re ready to join the movement? Click here to learn more and sign up today!

Charles Tsai Talks Micro-Credentials in August Coffee Talk

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We are in the midst of an education revolution and no one knows this better than Charles Tsai. Journalist, writer, speaker and social entrepreneur, Tsai has a proven track record helping youth design and implement their own solutions for global change. His passion for revolutionizing education doesn’t stop with learning; he’s also committed to influencing the way institutions credential, to document the learning in a way that translates to the workforce.

Micro-what?

We’re all familiar with traditional academic credentials like the transcript and the diploma, but how acquainted are you with micro-credentials? Often referred to as badges, micro-credentials can provide learners with the recognition of work completion that may include a non-credit course, professional learning or even a seminar.

According to Tsai, micro-credentials can function to map learning, motivate learning and recognize learning. While not fully adopted by U.S. higher education institutions today, micro-credentialing is being discussed at many institutions, for example with Elon University. Elon currently offers student’s an Elon Experiences Co-Curricular transcript that demonstrates participation in leadership development, service learning, internships, study abroad and undergraduate research programs.

“We are entering an era where universities have to work with other stakeholders (in specific industries) to determine what meaningful credentials will look like,” said Tsai.

Did you miss the session with Tsai and want to learn more about his perspective on micro-credentials? Don’t worry; it’s available now, on-demand!

Parchment, a University Business Top Product? You Decide!

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Industry magazine, University Business, publishes an annual list of Top Products intended to inform campus leaders around the U.S. about the products identified as best on the market. Who decides these products? You decide! College and university leaders nominate companies that offer top solutions as a way to give a virtual “thumbs-up” to their peers for consideration.

Is your school using Parchment to empower your learners? Are you helping #EveryStudent succeed using Parchment’s academic credential management system? Tell your peers by nominating us. We know you’re busy so don’t worry, the nomination deadline isn’t until Monday, October 5. And, the nomination form is quite simple. It shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to complete. Unless of course you really love Parchment, in which case take all the time you need!

Thank you. We value the role we play in helping your learners turn their credentials into opportunities.

20 Million Credentials Strong

Cue the balloons dropping and the confetti cannon. It’s time to celebrate!

This week Parchment facilitated the exchange of the 20 MILLIONTH credential request in company history!  For 12 years Parchment has been working with high schools and higher education institutions to make the process of sending electronic academic credentials, like transcripts, for students simple and secure.

No one knows this better than Chantal Aguirre. On the afternoon of Monday, July 20, Chantal logged on to Parchment.com from her laptop at home. She requested that Parchment send her Vista Ridge High School transcript to Arizona State University.  Little did she know how important her request would be in the history of Parchment.

Chantal is a 17-year old and will be a high school senior next month. She plans to apply to five or six colleges. On this date, Chantal would complete her first college application by sending her transcript to the ASU admissions office.

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“I would like to major in geography and then get my master’s in sustainability,” said the quiet Texan. When asked what profession she is working toward, “I would like to join the Peace Corps and then work for a non-profit.”

Chantal is like millions of other students around the world that have come to rely on Parchment for the efficient exchange of their hard-earned academic credentials.   “It was really easy,” said Chantal. “When I logged on, the whole process took me less than five minutes. I was actually making a snack at the same time.”

Congratulations Chantal, the entire Parchment team wishes you the best of luck!

All Eyes Are On Credential Innovation

In higher education and in hiring offices nationwide, all eyes are on credential innovation. From the transcript to the diploma to non-degree certificates, are these credentials telling the whole story of what a student knows and how well they know it?

Academic credentials have never been more important than they are today. They act as a key for educational and career advancement and the relationship between credentials and opportunities has never been tighter.

On July 22, Paul Fain, news editor with Inside High Ed, moderated a Coffee Talk session with Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, to discuss a Credential Innovation Framework.

“I think there is more interest and need for students to display their lifelong learning on a credential,” said Fain in his opening remarks.

Introduced in April 2015, the Credential Innovation Framework is composed of five activity clusters designed to advance learner empowerment. The activities are ordered across a plane with axis highlighting the degree of verification and the level of learner empowerment.

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“We are still at the infrastructure mode of making credentials digital,” explained Pittinsky. “Today we see the beginning stages of moving beyond transcripts to enable electronic ordering and fulfillment of all credentials, including diplomas and non-degree certificates.”

To learn more about the Credential Innovation Framework, you can listen to Coffee Talk on Demand and download the Parchment whitepaper, “Extending the Credential Empowering the Learner.”

K12 Admin Training: Sign Up!

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One of the biggest requests we get from our members is MORE TRAINING!  Everyone wants to learn more about how to process transcripts faster, better, stronger. Well, we are certainly down with that!

Brush up on your best practices by registering for one of these upcoming trainings for K12 Administrators.  We offer them every week so pick a time that works for you.

There’s a lot to learn about the ins and outs of Parchment 7 … and we’re here to help. Sign up for training today!

Temple University Goes Digital with Parchment

The Registrar’s Office at Temple University made a commitment to taking student’s academic credentials to the next level – the digital level. Effective Spring 2015, Temple Owls can now request their hard-earned academic credentials be sent digitally to any destination in the world, through Parchment.

In collaboration with Parchment and Banner by Ellucian, a leader in student information systems, Temple students and alumni will have the option of requesting a secure digital transcript as well as a traditional paper transcript.

“Annually, we were processing nearly 50,000 paper transcript orders that could take from 1-15 days to complete,” said Temple Registrar, Bhavesh Bambhrolia. “Working with Parchment to make our credentials digital provides two immediate benefits for our students: near real-time processing & delivery and enhanced communication to the student. They now know when the transcript arrived at its destination and when it was opened. This level of transparency provides additional peace of mind that we couldn’t offer before.”

Because academic credentials are a commodity in the marketplace, their security and authenticity is paramount. Temple digital credentials will include many of the same security measures of their paper counterparts as well as additional security measures to protect their electronic form. Appearing distinctly different from the paper design, the Temple digital credential will come with passcode protection with an embedded Blue Ribbon certified electronic signature. Additionally, only the intended recipient can open the digital version to view the electronic signature.

Temple admits that there is more to come as they continue to extend their credentials. “In the coming year, we will be exploring an enhanced degree verification system, certified electronic diplomas and a digital credentials library for every Temple student,” said Bambhrolia.

To learn more about how Temple University is innovating credentials, follow the Temple Registrar blog.

 

Groningen Declaration: The Future of Digital Student Data Portability

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This spring I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Málaga, Spain to represent Parchment and become a signatory of the Groningen Declaration. This international document seeks common ground to best serve both the academic and professional mobility needs of learners around the world by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem.

Introduced in 2012 with meetings annually, the Groningen Network is a process. The intent of this process is a more integrated global system for the secure exchange of electronic student records. The process, of which the declaration is a part, includes demonstration projects and annual meetings designed to connect key governments, service providers and educational institutions. Each annual meeting includes a new class of invited signatories. An initial signatory, the U.S. based National Student Clearinghouse has played an important role in leading this international movement.

The declaration itself is a set of principles focused on allowing learners around the world to be able to consult and share their authentic educational data with whomever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. The full text of the Groningen Declaration can be found here.

By signing this declaration, we have signaled our engagement with universities, companies and governments worldwide to facilitate the transfer of electronic academic credentials. It is an exciting time to participate in the early formation of a global ecosystem of governments, educational institutions and service providers committed to enabling the secure exchange of electronic student records.

Other global signatories from 2015 include:

  • Universities of Australia
  • ARUCC (Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada)
  • CDSL (Central Depository Services Limited) and C-NAD )National Academic Depository)
  • Academic Information Centre
  • EP-Nuffic
  • Groningen University
  • Glavexpertcentr –National Information Center
  • Universidad de Málaga
  • CollegeNET
  • IMS Global
  • IERF (International Education Research Foundation)
  • PESC
  • Stanford University
  • TAICEP (The Association for Credential Evaluation Professionals)
  • University of Texas at Austin

Redefining the eTranscript with Parchment

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Before the Credential Innovation Framework became a model for colleges and universities, it began as the blueprint for Parchment’s product roadmap and a way to realize our mission to empower the learner. We’ve built the Parchment platform to provide a range of services that allows you to do what you want to do with the flexibility to expand and grow. Today, we are partnering with innovative institutions and registrars, taking orders for and delivering extended credentials and working to build these extensions right into our core service.

Of course, not every institution is ready to do everything all at once. This philosophy is reflected in the significant upgrades of our upcoming launch of Parchment 7. With this release, we are furthering our transformation from an eTranscript exchange service to a credential management system. Similar to the instructional side, where the course management system morphed into a learning management system, we’ve created a new category with credential management.

At Parchment, we know that it’s about more than transcripts and making academic credentials digital. The bottom line is that it’s really all about the learner. While sharing diplomas or certificates online is amazing social validation for your college or university that raises awareness and drives interest, most importantly, your learners are empowered, more marketable and ultimately more successful.

Learn more: Download “Extending the Credential. Empowering the Learner” white paper.

Parchment 7 is Here!

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We Are So Excited!

Your suggestions inspired us to create the most advanced academic credential management system: Parchment 7. Thousands of your enhancements will help you process incoming transcript orders faster and better than ever before!  Thank you for helping build the best!

See the 7 Best things about Parchment 7:

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Log in today to see what we’ve all been waiting for: The future of credential management!

Step 5: Making Credentials Truly Actionable for the Learner

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“In a world where people increasingly interact over distances, electronically, the ability to control your online educational identity is crucial,” says Kevin Carey in a recent New York Times article. Thus, the activities in the fifth cluster of the Credential Innovation Framework (CIF) are all about rethinking the traditional barriers to what we can do with credentials, including storing credentials in one place, online, where they can be easily shared.

Today, online profiles are where learners today are establishing their professional identity. At the same time, every university is filling up a database with verifiable degree completion information. Why not just give graduates a secure electronic diploma, so when employers and postsecondary institutions see it they know it’s for real?

Circling back to our first blog post in this series, our data showed that students are going to share their credentials, online and socially, doing what they have to do to be marketable. That means registrars must start meeting their students’ need for digital credentials. And what better place to begin than Credential Innovation Framework.

Watch for 90 Seconds: Learn how learners can store and share their credentials with Parchment

 

Step 4: Innovating What You Are Communicating

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Today’s postsecondary students are learning in more ways than ever before, challenging academic administrators to document a more complete educative experience. Institutions who master this fourth cluster of the Credential Innovation Framework (CIF) are documenting the complete educative experience, articulating the value of postsecondary learning for employers and admissions offices.

  • In 2013, Elon University became the first college to tie together its electronically released co-curricular transcript with the academic transcript in a single certified PDF. A survey of employer and postsecondary school recipients showed that 36 percent said an experiential transcript improves an applicant’s chance of employment or admissions.
  • To document their achievements at the University of Pittsburgh, learners participate in the nationally-recognized RealWorld Action Program, which emphasizes campus, community and global engagement. Students receive a co-curricular transcript that enables them to confidently articulate their out-of-class experiences to prospective employers and graduate schools.
  • Northern Arizona University (NAU) produces a competency report that defines specific competencies and what it means for students to master them. For example, for a Liberal Arts major, competencies to master include working in a team structure, working with diverse populations and analyzing complicated materials.

Stay tuned: In subsequent posts, we’ll take a deeper dive into the last cluster of our innovative framework.

Learn more: Download “Extending the Credential. Empowering the Learner” white paper.

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